This fall, The Doe Run Company (Doe Run) has pledged nearly $9,000 to support STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) curriculum at local school districts. The support is part of the company’s ongoing commitment to strengthen educational opportunities in Southeast Missouri and prepare area students for successful careers.

“The pandemic has changed the way schools are teaching this year, and we are thankful that Doe Run’s donation will give us the opportunity to offer more technology to our students,” said Kristi Moses, fifth grade teacher at Bunker R-III School District. “With these tools, we can supplement classroom learning and will have the ability to teach students virtually, should we need to move to online learning.”

Doe Run’s donation to Bunker R-III School District helped fund technology tools that enhance existing math curriculum. Students can use interactive tools and online videos to learn how to solve math problems, both when they are in school and at home.

The donation to Viburnum Middle School will fund the purchase of CUE robots to teach coding skills, K’Nex bridge building kits, microscopes and other building materials that encourage active learning through creative problem-solving. Doe Run also helped Viburnum High School purchase two V5 competition starter kits from the VEX Robotics Company. Students in the Robotics Club will construct the robots this year to participate in the upcoming VEX Robotics competitions.

At North Wood R-IV in Salem, Doe Run’s donation will fund STEM kits that enable middle school students to build prototypes, perform experiments, and analyze and interpret data.

“With early exposure to STEM programs, students can learn skills that are critical in the fields of engineering, mining, technology and more,” said Dianne Whitaker, human resources director at Doe Run. “Providing extra opportunities to build STEM skills will help set kids on a path toward good careers, thereby helping Missouri employers like Doe Run.”

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, STEM occupations are projected to grow by nearly 800,000 by 2029. Over the past year, Doe Run has donated $49,000 to support STEM programs and scholarships for elementary through college-level students to strengthen educational opportunities and prepare the future workforce.

Based in St. Louis, The Doe Run Company is a privately held natural resources company and a global provider of lead, copper and zinc concentrates. Dedicated to environmentally responsible mineral and metal production, Doe Run operates one of the world’s largest, single-site lead recycling centers, located in Boss, Missouri, and mines from one of the world’s largest lead mining districts, also in Missouri. The Doe Run Company and its subsidiaries deliver products and services necessary to provide power, protection and convenience. Doe Run has operations in Missouri, Washington and Arizona.

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